On Friday night, we set off to Bolton to watch a pantomime as a family. Unfortunately when we arrived, the show was cancelled and my daughter was seriously disappointed. Rather than head home, we decided to go find something else for Sylvia to do. We headed the Hollywood Bowl in Middlebrook and Sylvia had a fantastic night.
I wasn’t vey well on Friday. I had all ready used up my spoons and energy attending Sylvia’s Assembly in the morning and then trying to help John steam and prepare veg for after my Gastric Bypass so I wasn’t dressed fancy and didn’t have makeup or my hair done so please do excuse my photos.
I managed to use my sticks to walk into the bowling alley and was able to sit on the bench and watch John and Sylvia bowl. it was fantastic. Sylvia has so much fun and could not stop jumping up and down. She was so excited. This was her first time bowling with me and John since 2013 and she got a Strike on her second round. Sylvia was over the moon.
Sylvia started out with a number six ball and John showed her how to hold the ball and bowl. She decided it was heavy and that it would be best to use the metal tool which children can use to bowl. She also had the bumpers up so her ball would not fall into the gutter each time.
Sylvia soon got the hang of it and was having a lot of fun competing against her dad. She found the purple ball was too light and decided to upgrade to a heavier Orange bowling ball.
It was really nice watching my daughter bowl against her dad, they were both having a lot of fun.
The best part about the night was watching Sylvia jump up and down. She really could not stop dancing and was like a jumping bean. I’m glad I was able to go on the activity even though I could not bowl myself. I felt the urge to bowl but I would not have had the strength. John and Sylvia had one game only which cost just over £10.
It’s kind of a good thing we got to check out the Hollywood bowl as Sylvia has mentioned bowling as a possible place to go for her birthday party in May. I have some time to organise something but do need to get saving and thinking about options. Sylvia would give the hollywood bowl a 10/10 and now we have a new place to send Sylvia and John on a Daddy Daughter date in future.
This was not a sponsored post and we paid for the bowling experience which was good value for money.
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!
Vikki Holness says
Oh that must have been so disappointing to find out the pantomime had been cancelled but looks like Sylvia had a wonderful time at Hollywood Bowl. I haven’t been bowling in years, really should head down to our local one for a game or two! xxx
The pantomime was a shame but glad my daughter had such a fantastic time bowling instead!
I hope your feeling better, I love bowling, funny myself and hubby were talking the other day about going, we must go again soon. #TriedTested
Oh bowling was mine and my hubby’s first official date together! lol
Hollywood Bowl! I used to go here when I was younger with my own parents and it was such great family time. I miss those days! A strike too – I managed to throw the ball backwards before now :/ Hahaha! I need some coaching from your family!
Oh it was so much fun and my daughter has a brilliant time!
Louise Fairweather says
I haven’t taken the boys bowling for ages – must give it a go again soon #triedtested
Oh it was a great experience. the game is over quickly so it may cost more to play for longer but it was a nice evening.
Life as Mum says
This is something I haven’t done with my kids yet! Our closest one had closed down over a year or so ago which is a shame because I enjoyed going there. Such a shame that the show was canceled but looked like you still had a great time x
We did have a fab time. :0 Thanks
Kim Carberry says
It sounds like Sylvia had a wonderful time….
Such a shame about the panto but it sounds like the bowling made up for it x
Well yes a shame the panto was not a success but not the end of the world. Bowling was fab too!
Wow, Angela – I just read this and then your post about your gastric surgery. You’ve been through so much and I really hope you get a break soon. It’s been so tough.
Your daughter is just beautiful and looks so happy. Well done for keeping family life going while feeling so unwell x
Thanks my life right up to age 30 was hard and I’m not surprised I have AI from the stress I’ve been under. Angela
Claire Kane says
Sorry to read that you haven’t been well. It’s good to see you enjoyed bowling despite that fact! Feel better soon.
Thanks Claire. It was a lovely night.
Bless her, Sylvia looks like she is having a great time! I’m glad you had a fun evening! I hope you get to be involved next time 🙂 xx
Thanks. it was very fun! 🙂
Michelle Murray says
aww such a shame about the pantomime but so glad you came up with another idea to enjoy. Looks like you all had a good time x
Thankyou 🙂 It was a fun night out!
It has been years since I went bowling, im a bit of a sore loser, so I tend not to enjoy it ha x
LOL I enjoy bowling with the buffers up but am not well enough at the minute. Will be one day!
Sarah HP says
I love going bowling with Sofia, we tried it once as a whole family but the boys were just too young to really join in and where a bit unruly! We did a bowling party for Sofia’s 7 birthday and would really recommend it. We were lucky that one of Sofia’s friends has a birthday near to hers so we did as a joint party and split the cost. The kids got to do lots of bowling (several games) and all the food was taken care of so it worked out really good value.
t does sound like a great party idea and is something we will be considering.
Laura's Lovely Blog says
It looks like Sylvia had a fab time. I haven’t been bowling for years! It’s lovely to see the bond Sylvia and John share too – so special xx
Yes I loved watching them bond together. It was really nice. Thanks Laura
I look forward to taking Mini M bowling when he’s older, Mr M was quite into it when he was younger. Shame about the panto xx
Oh it should be so fun! Sylvia and I went bowling for the first time when she was 3.
You have just reminded me that I have never taken the children bowling. I’m sure it’s on my bucket list for the year! Looks like a great day out x
Thanks Donna! It was a fab activity and something we will be doing again.
Gemma @ A Gem's Life says
Awww, I’m glad you had a good night in the end. Your daughter looks sooo happy 🙂 Such a little princess!
thanks Gemma. She is lovely and I miss her when she is at school!
Ellen O Keeffe says
When I worked at the youth centre the kids loved going bowling! It is a great, not overly expensive way to spend a rainy evening. Glad you had a good day in the end 🙂
Oh bowling is so fun! My hubby and I went on a date bowling the first time we dated.
Hope you are doing better. So sorry it was cancelled but looks like you guys had great fun bowling!
O yes we had a fabulous adventure. Thankyou 🙂
A Moment with Franca says
Oh bowling is so much fun!! I took Bella once but she was a little bit young but now that she is 5 (actually almost 6) it would be perfect to take her again. It looks like Sylvia had so much fun! I’m glad the night turned out great despite having the Pantomime cancelled. The of Sylivia are lovely!!! She is so cute! 🙂 xx
oh yes it’s fun for all kids and i love that they have buffers and those metal things to roll the ball down for the younger kids.
Maria @ Suburban Mum says
Ahh my boys love bowling! We went over the Christmas holidays. It’s such a great thing that you can all enjoy together isn’t it? Sylvia looks like she had loads of fun!
Oh yeah she had a fantastic time! 🙂